Mystic River

2003, Crime/Drama, 2h 17m

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Anchored by the exceptional acting of its strong cast, Mystic River is a somber drama that unfolds in layers and conveys the tragedy of its story with visceral power. Read critic reviews

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When the daughter (Emmy Rossum) of ex-con Jimmy Marcus (Sean Penn) is murdered, two of his childhood friends from the neighborhood are involved. Dave (Tim Robbins), a blue-collar worker, was the last person to see her alive, while Sean (Kevin Bacon), a homicide detective, is heading up the case. As Sean proceeds with his investigation, Jimmy conducts one of his own through neighborhood contacts. Eventually, Jimmy suspects Dave is the culprit and considers taking the law into his own hands.

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  • Apr 30, 2018
    1/05/2018 - An amazing crime drama.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2015
    Clint Eastwood gave us yet another haunting drama about trust and friendship between 3 men in a small Irish town. A lovely yet tragic drama that leaves you thinking. All three veteran actors delivered masterful acting, the serene setting and the close up shots really makes the film all the more beautiful. While it is good, I thought it may have been a bit overrated, the story itself isn't that inventive. But nonetheless, the performance deserved recognition.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
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  • Aug 06, 2012
    Wasn't really interested in this one at first...I honestly just watched it because I was bored. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this film. It has a good storyline, an excellent and unusual setup (the kidnapping), a really cool jarring plot twist in the middle, and an interesting ending that sets up a potential sequel (they never made a film sequel, but perhaps there's a book sequel, I don't know). The cast of this film is excellent, especially Penn and Bacon. Robbins is good too, as a deeply confused man with a tragic childhood past; Fishburne is also good, as ever. Dramas aren't really my forte', but I definitely found this film entertaining, even though I'm not a fan of the genre.
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